The theme coming from the Flyers’ confident locker room after the morning skate in Voorhees on Wednesday: It’s time to end the series tonight against the dazed Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center.
“You really don’t want to give them any life out there,” Flyers center Claude Giroux said. “They’re kind of a streaky team that can win a lot of games in a row. I think it’s important for us, right off the bat, to take the momentum from last game. We know our fans are going to be out of control tonight, and that’s hopefully going to give us a boost and hopefully we play the same way.”
The Penguins had three players suspended because of incidents in their 8-4 loss in Game 3 on Sunday, a matchup in which Max Talbot, Danny Briere and Matt Read each had two goals.
If the Penguins are looking for a thread of hope, they can cling to this: During the regular season, they won at least four straight four times, including a late-season 11-game winning streak.
Then again, the Flyers NEVER lost four straight in the regular season.
Sparked by nine special teams goals (six PP, three shorthanded), the Flyers have a 3-0 lead in the series and are aiming for their first sweep since 1995 (Rangers). Pittsburgh, the Stanley Cup favorite entering the series, hasn’t been swept since losing four straight to Boston in 1979.
A Pittsburgh loss would make them the second team in the sport’s 94-year history to be swept in the first round after a 50-plus win season. The 1993 Bruins (53 victories) were swept in 1993 by Buffalo.
Most reporters feel the Penguins will force a Game 5.
That said, none of us thought the Flyers would win the first three games.
In other words, it’s difficult to put anything past these hungry, playing-with-a-purpose Flyers.
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